We’ve been around the cross scene for the last decade – racing, supporting racers, manning the pits, fixing bikes and enduring early season heated dust bowls and late season snow and mud-fests. We love the growth cross has experienced over the past few years and the culture that goes along with this growth. We also can’t help but love how gear-centric cross is; how much effort and thought goes into bike, wheel, tire and brake selection for a given race course at a given time. And of course, this gear breaks. In cross, broken frames, wheels and slashed tires are the rule, rather than the exception. The ideal cross bike should be able to survive the worst conditions and the more-than-occasional crash. It should be stiff and light, with stable, predictable handling. It should have a good balance of mud clearance and a tight wheelbase. The cross bike is a tool, and like all tools it is the extension of the human body, optimized to perform a specific task. With all of this in mind, we’re happy to officially introduce our cross bike: the Cabrón.
From a materials and philosophical perspective, the Cabrón is remarkably similar to our flagship Corsa in that it’s a no-frills, all-out race bike made from our ultra high quality Dedacciai 7005 aluminum tube set. Obviously we’ve made some adjustments to the Cabrón in order to make it a cyclocross purist. While the front triangle of the Cabrón is an identical spec to the Corsa, the rear stays are of a different shape, designed to facilitate tire and mud clearance while retaining the Gaulzetti stiffness standard. We’ve mated these stays to the Press Fit 30 bottom bracket shell on one side and our own machined aluminum dropouts on the other.
Our geometry selection is informed by our direct experience with a wide variety of European cyclocross race bicycles. We’ve taken the elements we find pleasing and have discarded with those we’ve found troublesome. The Cabrón geometry is a time-tested mix of angles and tube lengths that result in a stable platform that balances high speed stability with low speed handling prowess. We’ve situated the bike lower to the ground than some cross bikes that we’ve found to feel tippy in the corners. We favor a slightly steeper head angle than on some cross bikes, because this brings the wheelbase in tighter for faster, more precise turning and a more responsive feel under power.
As on the road bikes, we’ve made efforts to keep the wheelbase short, so our top tube lengths are not disproportionately long for a given size. We eschew the notion that cross bike geometry should be a world apart from road bike geometry – this notion that cross bikes should necessarily have taller front ends than their road-going cousins doesn’t make sense to us at all. We’ve kept the stack and reach figures more or less the same on the Cabrón as on the Corsa and Cazzo road bikes across the size range. The idea here is that if you ride a 54cm Corsa, you should be able to set up your 54cm Cabrón with identical cockpit setup for identical fit parameters.
All Cabróns are built to order and available in 6 stock geometries or custom geometry. Framesets include an Enve Composites tapered carbon disc fork, our integrated seatmast with Dedacciai topper, a Chris King I7 headset and the appropriate Press Fit BB30 unit to match Campy, Shimano or SRAM cranksets. The Cabrón is available in either disc or cantilever brake versions. We also offer a series of build kits that we feel represent a fine spread of performance and cost. We’ll also happily build up a custom built bike to your specifications.
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CABRÓN FRAMESET FEATURES
- – Custom Dedacciai 7005 butted, heat treated aluminum alloy tubeset
- – Handmade in the US
- – Oversized main tubes and chainstays for maximum frame stiffness
- – Press Fit BB30 Bottom Bracket Shell
- – 44mm integrated headtube
- – Enve Composites Tapered Cross fork
- – Deda Two-Bolt Seat Mast Topper, 25mm Offset
- – Chris King I7 Headset
- – Solid paint frame and fork (see finish options)
- – Limited Lifetime Warranty
CABRÓN FRAMESET OPTIONS
- – Cantilever brake mounting w/ 130mm rear spacing
- – Disc brake mounting w/ 135mm rear spacing
- – Internal shift cable routing for Di2 / EPS
- – Standard seat post option
- – Ritchey WCS One-Bolt Seat Mast Topper, 25mm Offset
- – PMP Seat Mast Topper, 14mm Offset (+$50)
- – Chris King PF30 Bottom Bracket Unit
- – Parlee Press Fit BB Cups for Shimano cranks
- – Custom geometry (charges may apply)
- – Custom finish (charges vary)
Gaulzetti does not ascribe to the concept of model years. Rather, we make constant and rolling changes and upgrades to our frames as they are available and as we deem warranted. Frame features are subject to changing and may not always match what’s listed or shown here.
We are happy to consult on what size bike is best for you and whether custom geometry may best suit your needs. Please complete our and email it to us for consultation.
Each Gaulzetti frameset comes with solid paint and painted logos in your choice of the colors listed below. Custom paint schemes and colors may be available upon request. Custom paint work will incur additional charges.
To see our colors rendered on actual frames, please visit the Gaulzetti Blog column.
Each Gaulzetti Corsa is available for purchase as a frameset or as a complete bicycle, with a variety of pre-selected build-kit options designed to provide the best combination of performance and value.
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